02/26/2004 1:00AM

Eight stakes take purse reductions


In a reflection of declining handle at Southern California tracks in the last year, the purses of eight stakes have been reduced for the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting from April 21 to July 18.

In addition, the major stakes for fillies and mares on dirt have been rearranged, and one of the races, the Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap, has been increased in value from $200,000 to $250,000.

The reductions reflect lower handle expectations for the Hollywood Park meeting. Last fall, the track reduced purses by 8 percent for the final three weeks of the meeting.

For the summer meeting, the cuts range from $150,000 for the Californian, which will be run for $250,000 on June 14, to $25,000 each for three stakes - the Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap, Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks, and Quicken Tree Stakes.

The Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap on June 13 was reduced from $250,000 to $150,000.

The most significant schedule change was the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap, which will be run on May 9 instead of late June.

As a result, the $100,000 Hawthorne Handicap over 1 1/16 miles will be run on June 6. It had been run in late April. The Grade 1 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap was pushed from late May to July 11.

Overall, the meeting features eight Grade 1 stakes, including the American Oaks, which got the designation after two runnings.

2004 Hollywood Spring/Summer stakes schedule

Wed., April 21HARRY HENSON STAKES3YOs5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)$75,000
Sat., April 24CITIBANK SNOW CHIEF STAKES3YOs Cal Bred 1 1/8 mile250,000
 MELAIR STAKES3YOs F Cal Bred 1 1/16 mile200,000
 KHALED STAKES4YOs and up Cal Bred 1 1/8 mile(Turf)150,000
 FRAN'S VALENTINE STAKES4YOs F/M Cal Bred1 1/16(Turf)150,000
 B. THOUGHTFUL STAKES4YOs F/M Cal Bred7 Furlongs150,000
 TIZNOW STAKES4YOs and up Cal Bred7 1/2 Furlongs 150,000
Sun., April 25WILSHIRE HANDICAP (G3)3YO F&M and up 1 Mile (Turf)100,000
Sat., May 1INGLEWOOD H. (G3)3YOs and up 1 1/16 mile(Turf) 100,000
Sun, May 2RAILBIRD STAKES (G3)3YOs F 7 Furlongs100,000
Sat. May 8JIM MURRAY MEMORIAL H.3YOs and up 1 1/2 mile (Turf)350,000
 LOS ANGELES TIMES H. (G3)3YOs and up 6 Furlongs 150,000
 MERVYN LEROY H. (G2)3YOs and up 1 1/16 mile150,000
Sun., May 9VANITY HANDICAP (G1)3YO F&M and up 1 1/8 mile250,000
Sat., May 15SENORITA STAKES (G3)3YOs F 1 Mile (Turf)100,000
Sun., May 16NURSERY STAKES2YOs F 5 Furlongs75,000
Sat., May 22WILL ROGERS STAKES (G3)3YOs 1 Mile (Turf)100,000
Sun., May 23WILLARD L. PROCTOR M.2YOs5 Furlongs75,000
Sat. May 29LAZARO S. BARRERA M. (G3)3YOs 7 Furlongs150,000
Sun., May 30MANHATTAN BEACH STAKES3YOs F 5 1/2 Furlongs75,000
Mon., May 31THE GAMELY B.C H.(G1) 3YO F&M and up 1 1/8 mile (Turf)350,000
 SHOEMAKER BC MILE (G1)3YOs and up 1 Mile (Turf)350,000
 THE ACK ACK HANDICAP3YOs and up 7 1/2 Furlongs 75,000
Sat., June 5HONEYMOON BC H. (G2)3YOs F1 1/8 mile (Turf)175,000
 DESERT STORMER H. (G3)3YO F&M and up6 Furlongs100,000
Sun., June 6HAWTHORNE H. (G3)3YO F&M and up1 1/16 mile100,000
 CINDERELLA STAKES2YOs F5 1/2 Furlongs 75,000
Sat., June 12CHARLES WHITTINGHAM (G1)3YOs and up1 1/4 mile (Turf)350,000
 THE CALIFORNIAN (G2)3YOs and up1 1/8 mile 250,000
 HOLLYWOOD BC OAKS (G2) 3YOs F1 1/16 mile 175,000
Sun., June 13QUICKEN TREE STAKES4YOs and up Cal Bred1 1/2 mile (Turf)75,000
Sat., June 19AFFIRMED HANDICAP (G3)3YOs 1 1/16 mile 100,000
Sun., June 20HAGGIN STAKES2YOs 5 1/2 Furlongs 75,000
Sat., June 26CINEMA BC HANDICAP (G3)3YOs 1 1/8 mile (Turf)150,000
Sun., June 27 BEVERLY HILLS H (G2)3YO F&M and up1 1/4 mile (Turf)200,000
Sat., July 3AMERICAN OAKS (G1)3YOs F (Invitational)1 1/4 mile (Turf)750,000
 TRIPLE BEND BC H. (G1) 3YOs (Invitational)7 Furlongs 300,000
 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES (G3)3YO F&M and up1 mile (Turf)100,000
 FLAWLESSLY STAKES3YOs F1 mile (Turf)100,000
Sun., July 4AMERICAN HANDICAP (G2)3YOs and up1 1/8 mile (Turf)150,000
Mon., July 5LANDALUCE STAKES (G3)2YOs F6 Furlongs 100,000
 ROBERT K. KERLAN H 3YOs and up5 1/2 Furlongs 75,000
Sat., July 10HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP (G1)3YOs and up1 1/4 mile750,000
 SWAPS BC STAKES (G2)3YOs 1 1/8 mile 400,000
 A GLEAM INVITATIONAL H.(G2)3YO F&M and up7 Furlongs150,000
Sun. July 11MILADY BC HANDICAP (G1)3YOs and up1 1/16 mile 250,000
Sat., July 17HOLLYWOOD JUVENILE (G3)2YOs7 Furlongs 100,000
 VALKYR STAKES3YO F&M Cal Bred1 1/4 mile (Turf)75,000
Sun. July 18SUNSET HANDICAP (G2) 3YOs and up1 1/2 mile (Turf)150,000